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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

NOTE: This area of study has been updated - please refer to the Undergraduate handbook change register for details.

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Political and Social Inquiry
Campus(es)Clayton

Description

Anthropology is the study of cultural diversity and the diversity of human expression through space and time.

Anthropologists are concerned with their own society, but only as one among many. When anthropology seeks to understand economics, politics, religion, violence, child-rearing or art, it aims eventually at a broad comparative knowledge which does not assume that the contemporary Western expressions are the most important, or even the most revealing in the quest for an understanding of human cultures and societies. In fact, anthropologists have been led to examine in detail societies which are very different from their own, where ideas about beauty, morality, authority and dignity vary markedly from those with which they are familiar.

Anthropology's comparative approach to understanding humanity is becoming increasingly important. In recent years, there has been a growth of major social and political movements throughout the world in which people are stressing a sense of community, shared identity and assertions of difference on the basis of factors such as ethnicity, sexuality, gender and status as indigenous peoples, which cut across national boundaries. At the same time, many people are expressing concerns for social justice issues, environmental degradation and so on. Anthropology is a vital discipline because of its emphasis on the importance of cultural difference in these diverse expressions of humanity.

Those who qualify as anthropologists after undergraduate and graduate studies, may be in a position to engage in first-hand research, become advisers or consultants to industry, government and non-government organisations on a diverse range of matters, and teach. But the principal aim is to impart to students, regardless of the occupations they hope to pursue, an informed and culturally-sensitive awareness of their involvement in their own and other societies and cultures.

Units

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in anthropology must complete two units (12 points) from the following (choose one pair of units):

  • ANY1010 Culture, power and difference: Indigeneity and Australian identity and ANY1020 Culture, power and globalisation
  • ANY1020 Culture, power and globalisation and a first-year politics or sociology unit

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in anthropology must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below.
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.

Only a maximum of 12 points of electives may be studied.

Available units include:

Electives

Note: Some of these electives may require permission from schools as students may not have completed first-year sequences in the appropriate disciplines.

Units not offered in 2010

  • ANY2160 Understanding prejudice and discrimination
  • ANY2170/ANY3170 Visualising cultures: Film and ethnography
  • ANY2180/ANY3180 Witchcraft in the modern world
  • ANY2350/ANY3350 Questions of identity: Ethnicity, nationalism and globalisation
  • ANY2530/ANY3530 Modernities in the making: Indigenous peoples and colonial cultures
  • ANY3230 Culture and conflict in Indonesia
  • ANY3460 Intergenerational tyrannies: Gender, age and culture
  • ANY3510 A comparative examination of cultures in South and Southeast Asia
  • ANY3630 Feminism cross-culturally: Exploring women's worlds
  • ASN2170/ASN3170 Women in Asia: Gender, tradition and modernity
  • INS2020/INS3020 Islam in the Malay world
  • INT2050/INT3050 Mobile Worlds: Migrants, refuges and the politics of belonging
  • INT2150/INT3150 Global Indigeneity
Electives

Relevant Courses

Diplomas

  • 2428 Diploma in Arts (Anthropology)

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1275 Bachelor of Communication
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 3912 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 2672 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-primary
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-secondary
  • 3906 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002b Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 3909 Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts